Jerry West Quotes

I don't think people fully appreciate the trauma associated with losing. It takes a lot out of you year after year.

Anything can happen with hard work and dedication

Coaches who have been players in the league they get so attuned to playing how they were successful and who their coaches were.

To be candid with you free agency hurts all sports. It's great for athletes making an enormous amount of money. But to say it helps the sports I don't believe that.

The only thing I care about is winning. That's all. If you don't want to win you don't want to be around me.

As a player all you can do is play within yourself even in the context of a team sport.

I always wanted the ball in my hands with a game on the line as I think any real competitor does.

I don't live in the past. And besides there are too many times in my career to remember specific events because I played so many games.

Don't let talent get in way of team performance. Great players do what's outstanding for team not what makes them stand out

It's discouraging for me to come out there and watch the lack of fan support for a good team.

[The NBA] used to be a small band of basketball groupies. Now there are a lot more corporate-type people working in the league.

I don't really want to go into my problems with the team at the time except to say that no one's ever had to pay me to play basketball.

I was disappointed if I didn't have a chance to win a game and if I had the chance and didn't do it...

As you get older every chance to win a championship is more crucial because you are going to have less and less of them.

The support this city and our fans have shown the Grizzlies made my decision to stay in Memphis an easy one. Memphis deserves a championship team and I am committed to that.

The passion to win games the incredible focused energy and also the camaraderie of the team were all things that I really loved.

I've never seen a better coach than Gregg Popovich

I was not a great ballhandler. I just worked very hard at it and I got to be a good ballhandler-a competent ballhandler-but never a great ballhandler.

When it's time for me to walk away from something I walk away from it. My mind my body my conscience tell me that enough is enough.

Personalities seem in many cases to dominate the lucrative endorsement market. But that doesn't upset me. What upsets me is when not enough attention is paid to the product-the game.

You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.

I'm just ultracompetitive. I will be till they put me in the grave.

If you can't see someone's got a game with great personality you shouldn't be out there looking.

I would never ever intentionally hurt a player contractually.

To have harmony on a team you need a coach who can get inside the head of every player and get them all pulling in one direction.

It was clear to me that I was never going to be the same kind of player I had been. It was time to quit.

I enjoy winning but more importantly I enjoy the people I'm around.

I don't know anything else but the Lakers. This has certainly been more than a job for me as a player. It has certainly meant more to me than just an occupation.

Basketball came to me and for some reason it gave me an opportunity to live a life that I didn't dream possible. But it did let me live my dreams.

There are many players who don't measure up to their marketability.

When time is running out and the score is close most players are thinking I don't want to be the one to lose the game but I'm thinking What do I have to do to win?

I've seen a lot in my life. I've seen a lot of winning. I've seen a lot of testing times. I think when you're tested you really find out what you're made of.

I would hope that racism is something that just does not work in this day and age but I know otherwise.

The marketing of players has created untold wealth for many sports stars. You can't blame them or the company that covets the relationship with them but that doesn't mean the player is good.

Confidence is a lot of this game or any game. If you don't think you can you won't.